The Tooele Transcript Bulletin has published Tooele County news since 1894. Here is a flashback of local front-page news from 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago that occurred during the first week in November.
Nov. 3-5, 1992
Tooele Army Depot held an outdoor ceremony on a Friday to commemorate the opening of a $112 million Consolidated Maintenance Facility.
After a round of congratulatory remarks to approximately 1,200 TEAD employees, officials and guests, a symbolic ribbon was snipped by Under Secretary of the Army John Shannon, Maj. Gen. Dennis Benchoff, Utah Congressman James Hansen and TEAD Commander Col. David Emling.
The CMF featured state-of-the-art technology and combined several depot missions under one roof.
In election news later in the week, Gary Griffith of Tooele defeated incumbent Ed St. Clair for a four-year term on the Tooele County Commission.
Griffith, a Republican, defeated St. Clair by 197 votes. St. Clair tallied 4,472 votes to Griffith’s 4,669.
Meanwhile, write-in candidate Lois McArthur garnered 1,004 votes from the county’s 27 precincts.
The consensus among local Democrats was that McArthur’s write-in campaign took votes out of St. Clair’s back pocket and cost him the election.
“There is no doubt about it. I would have won with a good margin if she hadn’t done that,” St. Clair said.
Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 1967
After 11 years of sacrifice and hard work, the Stockton LDS Chapel was scheduled for dedication on Dec. 5, 1967.
Fundraising for the chapel began in 1956, and actual construction didn’t begin until July 1959.
Funds to pay for the ward were raised in many unique ways, including banquets and mock weddings, according to Stockton Ward leaders.
“We tried anything that came along,” said Bishop Kenneth Thompson. “You name it, we’ve tried it.”
Later in the week, the front page featured a map of Tooele City’s voting districts.
Registered Tooele voters would go to the polls on Nov. 7 to elect three four-year term city council members.
Candidates included incumbents Harvey Wright, Bill Gochis and 10 other candidates.
Under a new City Charter, elections are held every two years. Three councilmen would be elected during one election, and then two years later, a mayor and two councilmen would be elected.
Two men were being held in the Wendover jail under charge of robbing the service station at Cedar Mountain on the Wendover Highway and taking $70.
Acting Deputy Sheriff Earl Heath at Wendover arrested the two suspects as they attempted to pass through Wendover. Heath was holding the suspects to be returned to Tooele by Sheriff White.
Another man was arrested at St. John by Sheriff White, and was being held on a sodomy charge, a felony count.
Three other men were arrested by Sheriff White and Deputy Lee. They are suspected of taking blankets, coats and other items from the St. John Ordinance Depot.
A front-page story reviewed a recent November election.
Democrats were the winners in Tooele County by a large margin.
Fifteen of 17 voting districts were tabulated. Votes from Ibapah and Gold Hill had not been added to the total.
The only Republican to win was write-in candidate Dale James for county surveyor.
Fred Shelton and William R. Judd were elected as Tooele County Commissioners. Phares Haynes was elected county treasurer; Leland Tate, county assessor; Mabel Lougy, county recorder; L.E. Cramer, county attorney; and A.G. Cowans, justice of the peace.
President Woodrow Wilson was devoting much of his time to the coal situation.
Information he had obtained indicated that there was not as big a coal shortage as had been reported, but that operators in certain sections were not taking enough coal from the mines to supply the demands of the government and the people.
The Fuel Control Act prevented individuals from limiting the supply of coal to the public. The penalty for limiting the supply, or affecting the market price, was a fine of not more than $3,000 or imprisonment for not more than two years, or both.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.